Toronto-based design firm B+H Architects, along with 3XN and Zhubo Design, have won an international design competition for the new Shenzhen Natural History Museum.
The Museum is set to be one of Shenzhen’s “Ten Cultural Facilities of the New Era” and will be the first large-scale comprehensive natural history museum in Southern China.
Located adjacent to the Yanzi Lake in the Pingshan District of Shenzhen, the new 42,000-square-metre facility will be a world-class natural science museum dedicated to interpreting the laws of natural evolution, showing the geographies of Shenzhen and its ecology in a global perspective, and actively advocating for science.
3XN, B+H, and Zhubo Design’s winning scheme, entitled “Delta,” rises seamlessly from the river delta, inviting visitors and residents to journey along its accessible green rooftop. A public park extends throughout the roof and highlights the Natural History Museum’s organic geometries.
The design extends the public park network and aims to maximize access to the lush green areas throughout with a range of activities dedicated to keeping the site open and active throughout the day – from early morning jogs to late evening strolls. This gives the opportunity for residents and visitors alike to enjoy and connect with nature.
“The concept of Delta is very creative. The continuously sloping exterior wall with the landscape roof creates a continuous volume and spatial experience. The form of the cliff is very interesting, and the details are handled well. The layout of the museum and its interaction with ramps and walls create interesting spaces,” says juror Philip Cox, Founder of Cox Architects.